Prostatitis

Below you will find more information about Prostatitis from Medigest. If you believe that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Prostatitis it is important that you obtain an accurate diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you obtain the correct medication or treatment for your condition. There are medical conditions that carry similar symptoms associated with Prostatitis and therefore the information provided by Medigest is offered as a guideline only and should never be used in preference to seeking professional medical advice. The information relating to Prostatitis comes from a third party source and Medigest will not be held liable for any inaccuracies relating to the information shown.

Definition

Prostatitis is a medical condition characterized by inflamed prostate gland caused by an infection. The prostate is the walnut-shaped organ in males that is responsible for semen production, the fluid necessary for the nourishing and transportation of sperm.

Diagnosis

Digital rectal exam can help the doctor detect an enlarged and tender prostate gland indicating prostatitis; the doctor can feel it because the prostate gland is situated in front of the rectum. Urinalysis is done by means of urine sample subject for microscopic evaluation for bacteria and white blood cells while semen analysis is done by means of semen sample - presence of bacteria and white blood cells in both samples can confirm diagnosis of prostatitis.

Treatment

Antibiotics are used to treat the infection while pain relievers can be helpful in lessening the pain and discomfort.

Symptoms and Signs

Symptoms of prostatitis may vary depending on the type of prostatitis. Common symptoms include flu-like symptoms, pain in the prostate gland; groin or lower back; urinary problems such as pain when urinating, blood-tinged urine; and pain during ejaculation.

Causes

Acute bacterial prostatitis is caused by bacteria that often originate in the large intestine. Chronic bacterial prostatitis may ne caused by different factors including bacteria coming from catheter tubes used in draining the urinary bladder or infections present in other parts of the body. It can also be caused by urethral strictures that cause pressure during urination leading to inflammation of the prostate.

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